Islamic reform and political change in northern Nigeria /
Roman Loimeier.
Evanston, Ill. : Northwestern University Press, 1997.
xxvi, 415 p. : maps.
0810113465 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Evanston, Ill. : Northwestern University Press, 1997.
0810113465 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Introduced into northern Nigeria toward the latter part of the 14th century, according to oral and written texts, Islam has to one extent or another systematically defined the parameters of religious disputes and ritual argumentation among northern Nigeria's Hausa-Fulani elites. Elaborating on Islam's further politicization between the 18th and 20th centuries, this fascinating and first-rate study focuses mainly on the political-religious conflicts between the 1950s and 1980s. Loimeier argues that as a transformative agent, Islam has led not only to internal change, but also to modernizing reforms. Far from a being destructive process with a somewhat mangled agenda, the north's decades-long conflict among the various breeds of Islamic reformers, politicians, and leaders of the Sufi brotherhoods has set the agenda for a social emancipation, restructuring, and a greater social inclusiveness. Important beneficiaries of these changing policies include many previously excluded from the elite political process: non-affiliated Muslim intellectuals (some Western trained), as well as bankers and administrators. Most noticeable since the 1980s has been the overt incorporation of Muslim women into the political process. As Abubakar Gumi (1922-1992), founder of the reformist `Yan Izala movement, noted, "politics is more important than prayer." Upper-division undergraduates and above. B. M. Perinbam; University of Maryland College Park
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Table of Contents
List of Abbreviations
List of Arabic Terms
List of Hausa Terms
Introductionp. 1
The Development of the Sufi Brotherhoods in Nigeriap. 19
The Political and Religious Development of the Muslims in Northern Nigeria between 1951 and 1978p. 105
The Dogmatic Discussionp. 173
The 'Yan Izala Movementp. 207
Conclusionp. 325
An Example of a Religious Network: The Followers and Supporters of Nasiru Kabarap. 331
Communique of the Meeting of the Committee of Scholars from 3 to 5 February 1979p. 343
A Chronology of the Clashes between the 'Yan Izala and the Sufi Brotherhoods, 1978-1980p. 347
The Constitution of the Jamaat Izalat al-Bida wa-Iqamat as-Sunna of 8 February 1978p. 351
Ibrahim Sulaiman: Islam in Nigeriap. 367
Communique of the Council of Ulama on the Occasion of the Kafancan Riots in March 1987p. 371
Communique of the Council of Ulama on the Occasion of the Establishment of a Support Fund for the Council of Ulama in Kano on 15 March 1988p. 381
Mapsp. 383
List of Interlocutorsp. 389
Bibliographyp. 395
Indexp. 409
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